Our volunteer program at the Dunes Center is crucial to our ability to fulfill our mission. Volunteers implement our education programs, operate our Visitor Center, and provide support to staff. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, tailored for people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. The Dunes Center is also a certified organization for the Presidential Service Award.

Why Volunteer at the Dunes Center?

Feel good knowing you are helping to make a positive change in your community and environment
Teach people and share your knowledge
Learn more about your local environment
Meet new people and make new friends
Because it's fun

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Guided Walk Docent

    Lead nature walks and hikes in the dunes for private groups or the general public.

  • Museum Docent

    Greet visitors, guide house tours and provide administrative support in our Visitor's Center.

  • Environmental Education and Public Outreach Volunteer

    Lead afterschool and/or summer education programs as an Education Intern or assist interns as a high school intern. Provide environmental education and public outreach at community events. Share natural history knowledge with the general public at our Education Stations.

  • Environmental Stewardship Volunteer

    Work in our native plant garden weeding, pruning, and planting. Volunteer at community service events in the dunes, such as ice-plant removals, native seed collections, and beach clean ups.

  • Special Events Volunteer

    Help with the planning and execution of Dunes Center special events, including the Coreopsis Cup Golf Tournament, and Trees of the Season Gala.

  • Administrative Volunteer

    Provide office support by answering phones, filing documents, managing mailings, performing light cleaning, and other special projects.

How do I become a Dunes Center Volunteer?

It's really simple. Visit the Dunes Center for a volunteer application or download application here. Return your completed application to the Dunes Center via hand deliver, mail or fax to 805.343.0442. Attend our next volunteer meeting.

For more information regarding our volunteer program, please contact us at [email protected] or 805.343.2455 ext 203. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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